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Toronto

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Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf

Explore Toronto’s buildings as we showcase some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

This year’s anniversary theme is “20 Something,” celebrating the first 20 years of Doors Open Toronto while looking forward to the next 20 years. A full schedule of activities and participating sites can be found here.

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Become a volunteer

How to apply

Submit a completed volunteer application and then attend a recruitment session (please RSVP to spevvol@toronto.ca).

2019 recruitment sessions

City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Committee Room 2

  • Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Rachel Fender at 416-392-9315 or spevvol@toronto.ca.

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Contact info

Telephone: 416-395-7381
Email: doorsopen@toronto.ca
Website: www.toronto.ca/doorsopen

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Ashbridge Estate, The Doors Open Toronto

Ashbridge Estate, The

The Ashbridge Estate, owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust, is architecturally significant for the house’s simple Regency design with neoclassical elements. During Doors Open, Trust staff will exhibit artifacts from archeological digs on the site. The grounds are also home to an urban farm, planted and cared for by Building Roots.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1444 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-325-5000
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/ashbridge-estate

Architecture

Architectural style: Neoclassical, Regency
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house
Landscape: Garden, Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brook McIlroy Doors Open Toronto

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Brook McIlroy

A self-guided tour of this office will introduce visitors to projects that represent the diversity of Brook McIlroy’s work. More than just an architecture firm, their interdisciplinary team tackles social and infrastructural challenges – from the perspective of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, art and more. Staff will be on hand from all of those disciplines to answer questions.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

161 Spadina Avenue Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-504-5997
Email: jsquires@brookmcilroy.com
http://brookmcilroy.com

Architecture

Year built: 1890
Architect: William Alexander Langton
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday May 26, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Doors Open Toronto

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Built in 1848, this charming one-room schoolhouse is one of the oldest in Toronto. Established by Enoch Turner, a wealthy local brewer, it was the city’s first free school. Today, this historical schoolhouse is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and operated as a provincially significant heritage site, public museum, and conference and special events venue.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

106 Trinity Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-327-6997
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/etsh

Architecture

Year built: 1848
Building type: Museum, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First Nations House Doors Open Toronto

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First Nations House

First Nations House has been serving the University of Toronto’s Indigenous community for over 25 years. It provides culturally relevant services to Indigenous students in support of academic success, personal growth and leadership development. Learn about the true history of Turtle Island, its colonization and our hopes for a future based on mutual respect and the sharing of resources.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

563 Spadina Avenue 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-978-0413
Email: jeffrey.ross@utoronto.ca
www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/fnh

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: George Martell Miller
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fool's Paradise Doors Open Toronto

Fool's Paradise

Tour Doris McCarthy’s eccentric house, learn about the artist-in-residence program operating there, and meet artist Esmond Lee – who will lead an interactive sketching workshop from 12 to 3 p.m. daily. Visitors can explore the beautiful grounds, see spectacular views of the Scarborough Bluffs, and take a picture with the “SCARBOROUGH” sign, a public art installation presented by Scarborough Arts.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Communication

Contact info

1 Meadowcliffe Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-325-5000
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/dmair

Architecture

Year built: 1940
Architect: Forest Tefler/Doris McCarthy
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort York National Historic Site Doors Open Toronto

Fort York National Historic Site
The settlement of modern Toronto began in 1793 when John Graves Simcoe built a garrison on the site of what is now Fort York. Visitors during Doors Open will experience special military architecture tours, tours of the barracks and fortifications and a wide range of exhibits telling the story of Fort York's and Canada's military past. (Photo: Tatyana Karlen)

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

250 Fort York Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-392-7755
Email: richard.haynes@toronto.ca
www.toronto.ca/fortyork

Architecture

Year built: 1813-16
Architect: Nicholls
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Cemetery, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection Doors Open Toronto

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Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection

Built on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, Hotel X features a 250-seat cinema, screening room, art gallery, museum and much more – making it Toronto's only urban resort! Doors Open guests will be able to access New Fort Hall, which carefully preserves the foundations of the East Enlisted Men’s Barracks. Presentations showcasing the space and history will also be shown.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

111 Princes' Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 647-475-9268
Email: matt.black@hotelxtoronto.com
https://hotelxtoronto.com

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Stephen B. Jacobs Group Architects
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Museum, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mackenzie House Doors Open Toronto

Mackenzie House
Visitors are welcome to visit the home of rebel leader, activist journalist and the Toronto’s first mayor – William Lyon Mackenzie. During the Doors Open weekend only, visitors are invited to enter through the historical front door, just as the Mackenzie family's guests would have done. Visitors also have the opportunity to see a demonstration in the recreated print shop.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

82 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-392-1449
Email: nancy.reynolds@toronto.ca
http://toronto.ca/mackenziehouse

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (Tower Automotive Building) Doors Open Toronto

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Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (Tower Automotive Building)

Built in 1919, this building was once Toronto’s tallest. Active until 2006, it was originally a factory that produced aluminum products during the Second World War. Later, it made items such as kitchen tools, bottle caps and car parts. Continuing its role as an example of innovation – and now a heritage building – it today houses Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

158 Sterling Road
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-530-5135
Email: acaldwell@moca.ca
http://moca.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1919
Architect: John W. Woodman
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Doors Open Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

When visitors arrive at the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, they will see a space that does justice to Indigenous culture throughout the building. The bold entrance sign, in the shape of an Ojibwa hand drum, signals a strong Indigenous presence. On the fourth floor, visitors will attend a special event – 7th Generation Image Makers' Tkaronto 2039.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

30 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-568-8275
Email: jtjaffe@nativechild.org
www.nativechild.org

Architecture

Year built: 2008
Architect: 2010, LGA Architectural Partners
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto Doors Open Toronto

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Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto

Located in Toronto’s Garden Heritage Conservation District, this centre is a community-based organization that has a rich history of social inclusion. This former residence now provides crucial programs, services and support to all self-identifying Aboriginal women (cisgender, transgender and two-spirited people) and their children. During Doors Open, there will be live drumming, beading workshops and basic Indigenous language classes.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

191 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-963-9963, ext. 2
Email: ed@nwrct.ca
www.nwrct.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Odeyto Doors Open Toronto

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Odeyto

The name of Seneca College's new Indigenous centre at Newnham Campus is based on the Anishinaabe word “Odeyto,” which means “the good journey.” The centre is equipped with an office space, computer lab, kitchen and dedicated space for Indigenous Elders. On arrival, guests will have an opportunity to experience Seneca’s bee colony, whose inhabitants pollinate plants in the medicine garden.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1750 Finch Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 647-530-4873
Email: peggy.pitawanakwat@senecacollege.ca
www.senecacollege.ca/media/2018/2018-09-19.html?page=1

Architecture

Year built: 2017-18
Architect: Two Row Architect
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Educational facility
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Osgoode Hall Doors Open Toronto

Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall – home of the Law Society of Ontario and the highest courts of the province – opened in 1832 and remains a Toronto landmark and a symbol of the law in Ontario. The 1867 fence, renowned for its peculiar gates, surrounds the property and its landscaped grounds. Explore Osgoode Hall with a self-guided tour available in English, French and Chinese.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

130 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-947-3315
Email: lawsociety@lso.ca
www.lso.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1829
Architect: John Ewart, William Warren Baldwin
Architectural style: Period revival
Building type: Courthouse, Educational facility, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admittance at 4:30 p.m.)

Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building Doors Open Toronto

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Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building

Standing near the main entrance of York’s Keele campus, the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building features a 27-metre (88-foot) solar chimney, green roofs, a media production centre, innovative classrooms and seminar rooms, a picturesque central courtyard, a spacious student lounge, a curated art collection, a wellness centre, and rainwater recapture systems.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

45 York Blvd., Schulich School of Business, York University
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-650-8075
Email: sly@schulich.yorku.ca
http://schulich.yorku.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ryerson University Architecture Building Doors Open Toronto

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Ryerson University Architecture Building

At the Ryerson University Architecture Building, visitors can experience the nature of architectural education, see the creative work done in the Department of Architecture Science and interact with students. Come and see the work of these new young designers and their visions for a future urban environment. During Doors Open, you can also explore a feature exhibition of their work.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

325 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-979-5000
Email: ksojorch@ryerson.ca
www.ryerson.ca/architectural-science

Architecture

Year built: 1980
Architect: Ron Thom
Architectural style: Post-modern
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens Doors Open Toronto

Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens
This elegant Second-Empire home – co-owned by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Heritage Trust – was built for Toronto financier James Austin. During Doors Open, see a pop-up archaeological exhibit that features artifacts excavated from the property since 2002 by Trust archaeologists and summer archaeology day camp participants. There are also significant views of downtown Toronto from the property.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

285 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/spadina-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1866; 1896
Architect: Original unknown; 1896, Vaux Chadwick
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

stackt Doors Open Toronto

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stackt

This unique marketplace has taken unused land in the heart of downtown Toronto and transformed it into a culture and community hub, providing Torontonians with a new space to gather and discover – supporting liveability and vibrancy. Made entirely out of shipping containers, stackt is a sustainable, modular space that is easily erected and dismantled with minimal intervention on the land.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

28 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
Email: info@stacktmarket.com
http://stacktmarket.com

Architecture

Year built: 2019
Architect: LGA Architectural Partners
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Attraction, Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto Doors Open Toronto

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The Japan Foundation, Toronto

Located in the heart of the city, the Japan Foundation, Toronto is on the third floor of the Hudson’s Bay Centre. By promoting Japanese culture to other countries, the Japan Foundation aspires to contribute to the improvement of good international relations with Japan. During Doors Open, visitors can browse the extensive collection of print and audio-visual materials in the library.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-966-1600, ext. 223
Email: nnakamura@jftor.org
www.jftor.org

Architecture

Year built: 1973
Architect: Crang & Boake
Architectural style: Brutalism
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toronto Media Arts Centre Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto Media Arts Centre

The Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC) is the first and only artist-run hub for art and technology in Toronto. A 2,800-square-metre (30,138-square-foot) centre located in the heart of Toronto’s Art and Design District, TMAC provides artists and the local community with access to state-of-the-art production studios, galleries, and opportunities for hands-on learning. There’s even an apartment for artist residencies.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

32 Lisgar Street
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 647-689-6005
Email: jennie@tomediaarts.org
www.tomediaarts.org

Architecture

Year built: 2012
Architect: LGA Architectural Partners
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toronto Zoo Administrative Support Centre Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto Zoo Administrative Support Centre

Visit the Toronto Zoo for a unique chance to get behind the scenes at their Administrative Support Centre – home to many zoological firsts! The new state-of-the-art Wildlife Health Centre is the first of its kind in Canada, further enhancing the Toronto Zoo as a centre of excellence in animal care and veterinary sciences.

Tell us your story about this site

Contact info

361A Old Finch Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-392-5938
Email: cshipley@torontozoo.ca
www.torontozoo.com

Architecture

Year built: 1970
Architect: Johnson, Sustronk, Weinstein and Associates (now JSW + Associates), R.J. Thom, Clifford & Lawrie, and Crang & Boake
Architectural style: Post-modern
Building type: Healthcare facility
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toronto's First Post Office Doors Open Toronto

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Toronto's First Post Office

Welcome to Toronto's First Post Office! Operated by the Town of York Historical Society, this National Historic Site is a museum and an authorized full-service dealer for Canada Post. As a museum, it tells the story of the early colonial postal system, of Toronto’s first postmaster, and of the rebellion that played a significant role in his life.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

260 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-865-1833
Email: zoe@tos1stpo.com
www.townofyork.com

Architecture

Year built: 1833
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Post office

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 25 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.